February 1, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
U.S. Cellular has just announced the first two devices to run on its 4G LTE network launching in select markets next month – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator.
Oh, before we get to that, maybe now is a good time to mention that U.S. Cellular is launching a 4G LTE network to run those devices. While larger carriers like AT&T and Verizon have begun their LTE competition, regional carriers like US Cellular are working to do the same in the areas that they service. Beginning next month, U.S. Cellular will launch an LTE network that should cover 25 percent of its current customers. Partnering with King Street Wireless, U.S. Cellular will launch LTE in some of its biggest markets, including:
- Cedar Rapids, Davenport, and Des Moines, Iowa
- Bangor and Portland, Maine
- Greenville, North Carolina
- Madinson, Milwaukee, and Racine, Wisconsin
LTE coverage will also be available in select cities not specifically named in Oklahoma, Texas, and the previously mentioned states. The network will roll-out eventually to other markets that U.S Cellular offers service, but interested customers can view a coverage map to see if their home falls within the launch area.
As for the phones offered, Samsung will supply both a tablet and a phone capable of running on the 4G network. Readers should be very familiar with the GTab 10.1 by now, which offers an Android 3.2 software package with a 10.1-inch WXGA TFT touchscreen and LTE chip built-in. The GTab will be the first LTE device when it goes on sale next month.
Readers might also recognize the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator as a rebranded Droid Charge. The Aviator runs Android 2.3.6, has a 4.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED+ screen, 8 MP rear camera, and a front-facing camera for video-chat. The GS Aviator goes on sale in April, almost a year after the original Droid Charge was sold on Verizon.